Traineeship information for trainees

What traineeships are and how young people can apply for one.


A traineeship is a course that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 6 months.

Traineeships help 16 to 24 year olds - or 25 year olds with an education, health and care (EHC) plan - get ready for an apprenticeship or job if they don’t have the appropriate skills or experience.

Who can apply

You can apply for a traineeship if you’re:

  • eligible to work in England
  • have little or no work experience but are motivated to work
  • aged 16 to 24 - or 25 with an EHC plan - and qualified below level 3

What a traineeship includes

Traineeships are free. The cost of training is given directly to training providers by the government.

From the training provider you get:

  • training to prepare you for work including CV writing and what to expect in the workplace
  • support to improve your English and maths if you need it

From the employer you get:

  • a high-quality work placement of at least 100 hours
  • an interview for an apprenticeship or job if available, or an exit interview with written feedback

Programmes can be tailored to meet your needs or those of the business and local labour market.

A traineeship isn’t a job and employers are not required to pay you for the work placement.

You may get:

  • expenses for transport and meals from your employer
  • financial support for travel, childcare or a disability from your training provider
  • support from your local Jobcentre Plus if you are eligible for work benefits

Find a traineeship

Find a traineeship:

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  • by asking your local college or training provider if they have opportunities
  • by speaking to your school careers advisers if you’re 16 to 18 years old
  • by speaking to your Jobcentre Plus adviser if you’re in receipt of benefits

More information

Call 08000 150 400 for more information on traineeships.

Get career advice from the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Published 19 October 2017